Crime and Punishment > Brothers Karamazov > The Idiot > Demons > The Gambler > The Double
I'm on Book 3 of Demons. I feel like I've done nothing but read long passages of nothing by the dozens, with the occasional character interaction here and there. What do you see in Demons? I really want to like it, but nearly 500 pages in I'm left feeling very cold, as if I'm going to walk away from it with nothing.
I love Dostoyevsky but I'm part way through my first Tolstoy novel (Anna Karenina) and I think I'm probably going to end up agreeing with you guys. The character's actions and descriptions seem more true to life, everyone is Dostoyevsky's books is overdramatic and always weeping or wringing their hands or some other shit, it gets tiresome after a while. I still love his books though
Brothers Karamazov > The Idiot > Crime and Punishment > Notes from Underground > The Gambler > The Double > The Eternal Husband
I've yet to read Demons and The Adolescent, and it will probably be a long time before I do. I just started Anne Karenina a few days ago, and I am adoring it already at only ~150 pages.
Yeah, this kind of. I've oftentimes read Dostoevsky described as one of the greatest psychologist of all time, but Tolstoy seems to be pulling it off better and more naturally.
The Brothers Karamazov > Crime and Punishment > 'The Dream of a Ridiculous Man' > Demons >
The Gambler > The Double > 'The Christmas Tree and a Wedding' > Notes from the House of the Dead > 'A Gentle Spirit' > 'The Heavenly Christmas Tree' > The Idiot >
Notes from Underground > Netochka Nezvanovna > The Insulted and the Injured > The Village of Stepanchikovo > 'The Uncle's Dream' > 'White Nights' > 'A Faint Heart' > 'The Crocodile' > 'Bobok' > 'A Nasty Anecdote' > 'The Eternal Husband' > 'The Landlady' > 'The Little Hero' >
'Mr. Prokharchin' > 'Polzunkov' > 'The Honest Thief' >
Poor Folk > Novel in Nine Letters > The Adolescent > 'The Jealous Husband'
How can people stand demons?
It may be because I grew up with Dutch, but is not a particular interesting representation of a pseudo intellectual struggle. Maybe it because I don't like the dense Russian politics.
A list of books that do the concept better in my opinion.
Beyond Sleep - Willem Frederik Hermans
The Evenings - Gerard Reve
Soft Soap / Cheese - Willem Elsschot (personal favorite)
Hell, even Pnin and Catcher in the Rye did the theme better in my opinion
>brothers karamazov > the idiot > crime and punishment > notes from underground
this is objectively correct, but i would stick house of the dead between c&p and notes. you should read it if you havent
Brothers Karamazov > The Idiot > White nights > Notes form Underground > Crime and Punishment > Humiliated and Insulted > A Writer's Diary (considering also A Gentle Creature and The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) > The Double > Demons >The Gambler
All of what I've read.